I haven’t been a fan of sneaking food into kids. But.
New studies point more to clearly to the importance of healthfulness in kids’ early diets in predicting long-term health “What your child eats now will make an enormous difference to his adult health….Produce may ward off asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, metabolic syndrome, artery-clogging plaque” and more (Parents, June 2015, p. 66).
When my micropreemie was two and still underweight, my mom put a cotton ball on the ceiling fan and hit the switch. Yes, one could see it as an early introduction to mindless eating, sneaking it in while he laughed hysterically.
When he was about 5, I bought a cookbook of recipes for foods that had healthy ingredients secreted inside them. Unnoticeable. Don’t ask, don’t tell — toddler style.
Does that strategy “teach” kids to like or tolerate, say spinach? A nursing student mom I know says yes, some other moms say no. I opted for a little sneaking in while I worked on educating their palates.
But what if — what if we re-thought brownies let’s say. What if brownies could just BE a dessert that had a healthy dose of spinach? What if “spinach” came to be associated with spinach pie, greek pizza, salad with bacon, AND chocolate spinach cake, aka brownies?
What if we eliminate the stigma on healthy foods? What if we just stop sneaking, but don’t stop making those same recipes? This is my goal.
Our chocolate chip cookies have mashed beans in them, and Thing 2 just doesn’t care any more. “They taste good, that’s all I need” he says. A few of my best dessert recipes are available on my Free Resources page… then head on over to Facebook and tell me how they turned out for you!